Xcel Information

Region 2 Xcel Chair - Dianne Palmer email

USAG WA Xcel Rep - Jan Urfer email

USA Gymnastics Xcel Webpage

Order Xcel Code of Points

Updates & Minutes

Xcel Update - August 2018

National Xcel Committee Meeting

Judging Aids

Important Information

Mounting Devices (same as JO)

A spring board, mounting block or additional panel mats MAY be placed on an 8" mat for bars and beam mounts for Bronze, Silver and Gold divisions only. Any supplemental device (board, mount trainer mat, panel mat) used for mounting must be removed immediately after the mount. This would apply to Xcel as it is a clarification in the R&P.
For example: If a gymnast mounts with a pullover from a stand (no glide), she can stand on the mounting device for the skill. However, if she does a glide before a pullover, the mounting device must be removed BEFORE she returns to the mat and performs the pullover. The gymnast CANNOT return to the mounting device after the glide, regardless of whether she performs the pullover from a punching action or from a complete stop.
After clarification from Connie, Tom and Linda, the mounting device CAN be used to remount after a fall, and must be removed immediately, just as when mounting initially.

Vault (Not the same as JO)

If clubs are using the alternative springboard option for Bronze, Silver and Gold athletes, please check the equipment specifications to be sure the device meets the allowable standards. This is found in the R&P Apparatus Specifications Section.
There is no deduction for using the alternative board. The start value for doing so at Gold is 9.5.

Balk Rules WTC May 2016

Compulsory (Levels 1-5) and Optional Vault (Levels 6-10) and all Xcel Divisions

If the athlete comes to a rest or support on top of the vault apparatus (table or mat stack), it is considered a void vault and will receive a score of 0.
A balk (a running approach that does not result in the athlete coming to a rest or support on top of the vault apparatus (table or mat stack)) is considered an attempt.
If the gymnast stops mid-run, runs off the runway, or makes contact with the hand placement mat, safety zone mat, board, or vault apparatus without coming to a rest or support on top of the vault apparatus (table or mat stack), it is considered a balk and counts as one of the three approaches to complete one or two vaults.


The tap swing 1/2 turn is an allowable dismount for Gold.



Update from Jan Urfer 1/15/15

Xcel Questions & Clarifications

  • Are judges required to flash start values for bronze & silver divisions?
    • Yes. Start values must be flashed for all divisions.
  • Are Xcel gymnasts allowed to wear lycra bike shorts?
    • No. This was clarified at the Xcel meeting 5/16. It would result in an attire deduction.
  • Do the rules regarding visible underwear apply to Xcel gymnasts?
    • Yes. ALL underwear deductions apply to Xcel. Sports bras may not be showing, regardless of color. Apply appropriate warnings and deductions for incorrect attire.
    • Do not be confused by WA High School rules which make exceptions for underwear of specific colors.

Notes from Dianne Palmer

Reminder - use of an alternative spring board to GOLD VAULT results in a 9.5 start value.